On March 26, 2020, Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) reached a historic agreement. The agreement came in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which had forced MLB to suspend all operations just before the regular season was set to begin.
The agreement covered a wide range of issues, including player compensation, service time, and the scheduling of the 2020 season. One of the most significant aspects of the agreement was the agreement to prorate player salaries based on the number of games played during the 2020 season.
Under the terms of the agreement, players would receive a prorated portion of their salaries based on the number of games played. For example, if a player had a contract worth $10 million and the season consisted of 81 games, the player would receive $5 million.
The agreement also addressed the issue of service time, which determines when a player becomes eligible for free agency and arbitration. The agreement stated that players would receive the same amount of service time in 2020 as they would have if the season had been played in its entirety. This meant that players who were set to become free agents after the 2020 season would still be eligible.
In addition, the agreement addressed the scheduling of the 2020 season. The agreement stated that MLB would make all efforts to play as many games as possible, with the goal of playing a full 162-game season if feasible. If a full season was not possible, however, MLB would have the authority to schedule a shorter season.
Overall, the March 26 agreement between MLB and the MLBPA was a significant step forward for both the players and the league. It provided clarity on a number of important issues and allowed both sides to move forward with planning for the 2020 season. While the COVID-19 pandemic has created many challenges for MLB, the March 26 agreement was a positive development that helped ensure that the game would continue in some form in 2020.